The Birth Center at Hennepin County Medical Center is the first hospital in the Twin Cities to offer a cloth diapering and baby wearing class for expectant parents to teach them about cloth diapering and how infant slings and wraps work. The next 2-hour class takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15 at HCMC. Additional classes will be offered in May, July, September and November of this year.
“I’ve had many people asking questions about cloth diapers when we talk about how to diaper babies,” explains class instructor Veronica Jacobsen. “I’ve also had many questions about baby slings, wraps and carriers. There simply wasn’t enough time to answer all of the questions in our regular classes, so I thought it would be very valuable to offer a class to parents to help them understand their options, how to use different products, and how to used them safely.”
Expectant moms and guests learn about the different types of cloth diapers, how much they cost, how to clean and care for cloth diapers, and some common questions and concerns about using cloth diapers. Jacobsen also discusses some of the reasons for baby-wearing, types of infant carriers, and safety.
There are samples to look at and time for hands-on practice. Participants are encouraged to take the class prior to their baby’s birth so choices can be indicated when they sign up for their baby’s gift registry. The $35 class can also be taken after the baby’s birth.
The class premiered in January with 11 people in attendance.
“It was really fun. I was really pleased with the feedback, and I’m looking forward to having another offering to help parents feel ready for the upcoming births of their babies,” said Jacobsen.
The Birth Center at Hennepin County Medical Center helps bring more than 2700 babies into the world each year and offers mothers a variety of childbirth experiences, private rooms, and specialized care for complex pregnancies. Before, during and after the birth, patients and their families receive support, education and outstanding care to ensure great futures for precious little lives. For more information about prenatal classes offered through the Birth Center go to www.hcmc.org/birthcenter.